Reply to Ward Churchill
Ward Churchill , Nonviolent Resistance , Pacifism
In this paper, I reply to Ward Churchill’s contention that, in struggles against tyrannical regimes and oppressive political systems, nonviolent resistance is ineffectual without either corresponding violence or the threat of violence. My response attempts to show why nonviolent resistance is an effective method in its own right, and can be superior to violent alternatives in terms of accomplishing both short and long term objectives. Finally, I address a peculiar aspect of Mr. Churchill’s position that, while insulating it from falsifiability, simultaneously limits both its credibility and usefulness.